Whether you have a milk allergy, are lactose intolerant, vegan or simply searching for a non dairy option…you’re in luck!! Today more than ever before, alternatives to cow’s milk are numerous and easily accessible.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the most popular….
Soy Milk – Soy milk is the most popular plant based milk alternative. Soy milk is made by soaking, crushing, cooking soybeans, than extracting the “milk”. Soy milk is the most similar to cow’s milk. It has a fair amount of protein and is often fortified with calcium, riboflavin, potassium and vitamins A & D. The taste is slightly sweet and leans toward the taste of tofu. It is available sweetened, unsweetened and flavored. It has been shown that consuming to much soy is not beneficial due to the increase of estrogen that soy can provide. If you enjoy soy milk…consume in moderation.
Almond Milk – Almond milk is next in line for popularity. Almond milk is made from skinned, blanched almonds that are finely ground, blended with water than filtered to remove any almond pieces. It has relatively no protein or fiber which is abundant in raw almonds. The process of breaking almonds down into liquid removes these beneficial properties. Almond milk is low in calories, fortified with vitamins E, A, D and calcium. It is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. Almond milk is creamy and rich with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. It is also available sweetened, unsweetened and flavored.
Coconut Milk – Coconut milk should not be confused with the thick, canned variety you add to your Pina Coladas. This form of coconut milk is made by combining the flesh of a coconut with water and then squeezing to extract the liquid. Coconut milk is low in protein and fiber, but contains healthy saturated fat along which vitamin B12. Coconut milk has a thick, creamy consistency and has the true taste of coconut.
Rice Milk – Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all the milk alternatives. Rice milk is made by blending together cooked rice (usually white or brown), water, rice syrup and rice starch. It contains no protein but is high in carbs and electrolytes. Rice milk has a light, sweet taste but tends to be watery in texture.
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